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Oman in tie-up for centre for advanced telecom

MUSCAT, November 12, 2020

Oman’s Ministry of Finance in partnership with Ericsson has signed an agreement to establish a Center of Excellence for Advanced Telecommunications technology and IOT (CoE) to facilitate 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) in the Sultanate.

The Ministry of Finance also signed a cooperation programmes with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and Omantel to establish the Center and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and IT to execute consultation strategic study, reported Oman News Agency (ONA).

The Center of Excellence in Communication Technologies project is one of the components of Oman Tawazun (Offset) Program, which is one of the economic tools used in more than 100 countries around the world with the aim of diversifying the country's economy by investing in projects and programs that serve the country's strategic objectives.

Ericsson, in support of the Tawazun program, will provide technological support and oversee training programs that include workshops, trainings, specialized professional courses and mentoring programs targeting participants from telecommunications institutions, commercial and industrial institutions, as well as university students, researchers and innovators. It will also support the development of research projects, including projects on 5G and IoT applications.

In addition, digital laboratory programs will be implemented for school students aged 11 to 18 years, as well as access to online learning platforms. The CoE aims to spearhead the development of the Sultanate’s 5G mobile network infrastructure to support the country's digitalization, as well as empower the transformation of Omani business and society.

Dr Dhafir al-Shanfari from the Ministry of Finance said: “The center will play a key role in enabling digital transformation, boosting efficiency of institutions, SMEs, researchers and innovators. We have launched 16 projects within the Oman Tawazun program, designed to support the military and security sectors, the private sectors, and the development of human resources.”

Abdullah al Balushi, President of Ericsson Oman said: “We aim to unleash the creativity and innovation of the Sultanate’s industry, academia and entrepreneurs to fully leverage and propel 5G in the region. This will not only help develop new 5G-based apps and business models, but also contribute towards achieving Vision 2040.”
The CoE will be incubated and managed by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation at the Innovation Complex in Muscat, while Omantel will offer necessary telecommunications support. The complex seeks to provide an incubating and stimulating environment for researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs, turning ideas based on scientific research into reality and playing a key role in diversifying the economy.

Dr Saif al-Haddabi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation for Research and Innovation said: "The Muscat Innovation Complex encompasses facilities to ensure sustainable scientific development along with initiatives and programs that bring research and innovation to the forefront. I appreciate the support of the competent leadership in the field of education, research and innovation, who have a singular aim to activate a knowledge-based economy supported by scientific research, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as strengthen Oman’s position as a scientifically advanced country in line with Vision 2040."

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology in cooperation with Ericsson will work on strategic consultation to develop the digital roadmap for Strategic Industries in line with performance indicators of Oman 2040 Vision and identification of essential PPP and Privatization opportunities in the target industries and focus areas.

Omantel will engage research and tertiary institutions on potential collaboration opportunities to test 5G radios and possible applications that can benefit from the high speeds and low latency provided by 5G.


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